The poetry of Guy Butler

Maclennan, D.A.C. (2005) The poetry of Guy Butler. English in Africa, 32 (2). pp. 39-52. ISSN 0376-8902




[From the introduction]: Guy Butler, born in Cradock on 21 January 1918, was a serious poet. Nearly a third of his poems are about death or loss, and many of the rest about parting failure, or difficult self-denial. His poetry is generally thoughtful and responsible to a deep religious vision. Of the ninety poems published between 1939 and 1979 the finest are those written between 1943 and 1963, from “Syrian Spring” to “Sweetwater.” The best poems cluster like moons round “On First Seeing Florence,” which is a major poem seldom given its rightful attention.

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Additional Information:Don Maclennan is an Associate Professor Emeritus, formerly in the English Dept, Rhodes University
Uncontrolled Keywords:F.G.Butler; Frederick Guy Butler; Guy Butler; poetry; poems; war; autobiography; forgiveness; belonging; loss; Wilfred Owen; D.H. Lawrence; Sydney Clouts; Don Maclennan; Joseph Conrad; Wordsworth; W.B. Yeats; Cradock; South Africa; Africa; Florence; Italy; Europe
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English
ID Code:1069
Deposited On:28 Aug 2008
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